Treat the Underlying Cause of Anxiety
Anxiety is part of our body’s natural survival mechanism. Also known as the stress response, anxiety is our warning signal that something potentially threatening is occurring. It puts us on alert and makes us vigilant. It also prepares our bodies to take action if needed, beginning the ‘fight or flight’ response. Anxiety problems leave us living in that heightened stressful state even when there is no threat. The brain adapts to constantly scanning for danger and being prepared to save our lives, thus keeping us in a constant state of hypervigilance. Hypervigilance is also accompanied by anxiety and ultimately exhaustion since no living organism is designed to live in perpetual stress. The brain does not differentiate between a real threat and a perceived threat. The limbic brain is part of the unconscious mind and therefore is not healed through rational thought. Very often, a person is not even aware of the cause of the anxiety.
Pharmaceuticals do not address the cause of anxiety and only reduce the symptoms. Often these drugs are habit forming and have a rebound effect. Thus, a person’s condition worsens after taking these drugs for the original condition they were prescribed to treat. Simply managing this with comforting thoughts, medication, or soothing activity doesn’t make lasting changes. Real change occurs when the brain adapts to different ‘brain habits’ and operates more normally. Sanctuary is a holistic anxiety treatment center in Sedona AZ that focuses on helping treat the person as a whole, as opposed to just providing medication.